Microsoft security: Will it be different this time?

Friday, 28 June 2002, 3:12 AM EST

The hyperambitious project, code-named Palladium, is supposed to create a platform on which Microsoft and other developers could write all sorts of new software applications for managing security, privacy, copyrights and, yes, even spam.

The idea, said Mario Juarez, the project manager, is to create a virtual vault inside the Windows operating system. In it, each user could create personal "safe-deposit boxes" for storing encrypted information. The information would be accessible only to those software programs, Web sites and people that the computer recognized as being authorized.

The notion of hard-wired authentication rings alarms for conspiracy theorists who sense a plot by which Microsoft might exert even more control over what kind of software could run on future computers. Microsoft dismisses such talk as silly.

"No one will necessarily, by design, have to call up Microsoft or the government to get authorization," Juarez said. "It is merely an architecture. You will be able to create whatever kind of rules you want for each separate application."

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Intentional backdoors in iOS devices uncovered

Posted on 22 July 2014.  |  A researcher has revealed that Apple has equipped its mobile iOS with several undocumented features that can be used by attackers and law enforcement to access the sensitive data contained on the devices running it.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Wed, Jul 23rd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //